Benefits of sourcing your packaging locally versus overseas

inke packaging — February 18, 2021

When running a business, looking for cost-effective measures is often a priority to keep costs down and maximise your profit. For a long time, it’s been thought that outsourcing the production of goods to foreign countries is the best way to get your products made – including packaging.

But this is no longer the case, and there’s a wide range of ways in which sourcing your packaging within Australia can benefit your brand.


Future-proof your supply chain

2020 was a year like no other, with COVID impacts felt all across the world. This saw breaks in almost every company’s sourcing model somewhere along the line, causing seemingly endless delays and shortfalls (and unhappy customers)

With brands forced to pivot their business models and have no other choice but to look to Australian suppliers during this time, many have realised it is possible to operate totally locally and continue this way.

The pandemic’s effects will be long felt amongst consumers, who will seek Australian-made product to help rebuild our economy and help businesses get back on track as quickly as we can.

From a business standpoint, it will be vital to incorporate Australian manufacturing into your supply chain wherever possible, as the demand for this will only grow.


Quicker turnaround times

Giving overseas mass-production a miss in favour of an Australian operation means your order can be processed, produced and delivered much quicker. Working with us, on average we’ll have your order ready for shipping within an estimated 14 business days or less.

Once you incorporate this timeline into your supply chain and start to order on a regular cycle, you’ll be able to order the volume you need, as you need it, meaning you won’t be looking for extra space to hold unnecessary packaging, and you’ll have a healthier cash-flow with a steady supply of stock at the ready.

This is also perfect for any last-minute orders you may need to capitalise on eCommerce trends that pop up along the way. Many overseas suppliers need month long lead times to get your packaging back to you on time - not to mention the extended wait with customs - so there’s no room for those last minute ideas to become a reality.

Going local gives you more time to perfect any seasonal or limited packaging, with leeway for amendments or additional orders and without being pushed for time.


Ease of communication

When dealing with Australian suppliers, you’ll speak with those directly responsible for the business more often than not. They’ll be able to keep you updated on every stage of the production process and likely be able to assist you with any last-minute updates or requests.

Keeping production local makes it easier for you to have greater input into and control over your packaging. Being able to reach your supplier whenever you need them is another bonus of working on a local level, meaning you can have the help you need when you need it.

We’ve made improvements to our customer experience by providing all users with their own personalised dashboard upon signing up or placing an order. You can now manage inventory, save order details and artwork, view order status and even track the product’s shipment once it has despatched.


Sustainability

Sustainability is a growing focus not only for Australian consumers, but for companies too. Opting to source your packaging from within Australia can not only reduce the packaging needed to ship this product, but can have a greater environmental impact thanks to eliminated emissions and energy usage of cargo planes and ships.

As mentioned earlier, going local also means you’re less likely to end up with wasted product thanks to smaller minimum orders and quick turnaround times, so your boxes will spend more time in the hands of your customers and less time waiting to clear customs.

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